Big changes could be on the way that would replace a local landmark.
Hooks Hospitality LLC has proposed a site plan to the Seaside Heights planning board that asks for approval of a three-level mixed-use establishment including a restaurant with a liquor license on the first level, a banquet room on the second level and three residential apartments on the third level.
The current structure that houses the iconic boat-shaped bar – known for its pirate theme, video games and ping-pong tables – is two stories; one story covers the bar area while there is a raised portion along Carteret Avenue. The notice submitted to the planning board does not indicate whether the building will be demolished or heavily renovated.
The property is listed for sale by Seaside Realty. The description indicates that a sale is currently pending for the property, which was being offered for $2,499,900. Its “C” liquor license – a rare license in New Jersey that allows for both serving drinks and selling package goods – is estimated to be worth about $700,000 itself, the listing states.
Ocean County property records do not indicate any settlement notices or deed transfers, however there were three lis pendens notices filed in August, which indicate some dispute over the ownership of the property.
The real estate listing says the restaurant can currently accommodate about 200 patrons, but would also conform with the borough’s zoning code to support 17 condominium units or 41 motel units.
The planning board will hold a hearing on the proposal Oct. 28, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the Seaside Heights borough hall council chambers, 901 Boulevard.